UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

This broadly'based programme provides a complete study of the physics of the solid Earth and its constituent materials, and of the atmosphere, oceans and ice sheets, leading to a firm foundation in geology, geological fieldwork, physics, mathematics and computing. This four'year MSci provides an additional year on top of the Geophysics BSc, in which students extend their knowledge and understanding by taking advanced courses and undertaking an independent research project. The programme is fully accredited by the Geological Society of London.

Course Modules

Year 1 examples: Physics of the universe; from petrology to petrogenesis; dynamic earth; surface processes. Year 2 examples: Maps, images and structures; structural geology and tectonics; electricity and magnetism; physics of the solar system. Year 3 examples: Physics of oceans, ice sheets and climate; field methods in active tectonics; geodynamics and global tectonics. Year 4 examples: Earth and planetary system science; independent MSci project; earthquake seismology and earthquake hazard.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £21,320  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Advanced Higher ABB-AAA
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AAABB
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAA
  • European Baccalaureate 77%-85%
  • Course specific
  • GCE AS-level
  • International Baccalaureate
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

Key Course Information

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74% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 66%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 83%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 96%

£22,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

77% Go on to work and/or study

In work 32
Studying 44
Studying and working 1
Unemployed 20
Unknown 4

33% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 52%

Total Coursework: 44%

Total Practical: 5%

£5,337 - £7,371
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,915 - £6,624
Typical cost of private accommodation